WNBA Charlotte recommends good books for book clubs!

WNBA Charlotte has produced a brochure with tips on how to have a good book club or reading group.  AND we have our own lists of recommended books to offer you as well!

Check these out now — links to the PDFs are on the WNBA National Reading Group Month page


Thanks to everyone who made BIBLIOFEAST 2011 a big success!

Sixty book lovers and our nine featured guest authors gathered on Monday evening, October 10, for WNBA Charlotte’s 2nd annual BIBLIOFEAST Book & Author Dinner in celebration of National Reading Group Month. This year’s “moveable feast” included over 2 hours of enthusiastic book conversations, accompanied by plenty of Maggiano’s Italian cuisine and libations of choice. 

Our authors were the “moveable” part of the event, and each one visited with 5 table groups of avid readers in the course of the evening.  Both current and brand new WNBA members and non-members turned out for BIBLIOFEAST, including two book clubs whose members came together as groups.

All of our guest authors were terrific, so we want to thank them and their publishers again for their enthusiastic participation.  One of the very best ways to say thank you is to BUY AND READ THEIR EXCELLENT BOOKS! And if you’re in a book club, choose these books for your group’s reading list!

 (The links below will take you to pages for each author, plus links to their own websites, where you can find out more about them and their books.)


Ellen Baker, I GAVE MY HEART TO KNOW THIS, Random House, hardcover fiction


 Ann Hite, GHOST ON BLACK MOUNTAIN, Gallery Books/S&S, paperback fiction


 Marjorie Hudson, ACCIDENTAL BIRDS OF THE CAROLINAS, Press 53,  paperback short stories


Heather Newton, UNDER THE MERCY TREES, HarperCollins, paperback fiction
A 2011 Great Group Reads Selection



  Valerie Nieman , BLOOD CLAY, Press 53, paperback fiction



Michael Parker, THE WATERY PART OF THE WORLD, Algonquin, hardcover fiction


Drew Perry, THIS IS JUST EXACTLY LIKE YOU, Penguin, paperback fiction


 John Milliken Thompson, THE RESERVOIR, Other Press, paperback fiction



 Marybeth Whalen, SHE MAKES IT LOOK EASY, David C. Cook, paperback fiction



We have many people to thank for their help in making this event a big success:  our guest authors themselves and their publishers; our own members who sponsored our authors’ dinners; all of our members who helped organize and run BIBLIOFEAST this year; and Park Road Books, which sold books for us.  Many thanks again, everyone!

Special thanks go to WNBA itself and National Reading Group Month and its sponsors — Copia™ – Read Better Together; HarperCollins Publishers (Harper Paperbacks, Harper Perennial, Amistad, Ecco, William Morrow, & William Morrow Paperbacks); Ingram Content Group; SONY Style / SONY Reader™ Store. THANK YOU ALL!


November 14 is our next meeting! Mark your calendar and plan to attend!

Don’t miss our upcoming meeting —

Monday, November 14,
6:30 – 8:00 PM,
at the Morrison Regional Library,
7015 Morrison Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28211  

We’ll be discussing book clubs and reading groups, and we’ll have a sample book club discussion, too.  Our featured book will be the novel CRESCENT by Diana Abu-Jaber.

Come talk about book clubs, what qualities make them work well, and what issues can cause them to disband or fizzle out.

In addition, we’re all reading the novel CRESCENT by Diana Abu-Jaber, and we’ll discuss this book together.  If you need a copy, you can buy it at Park Road Books, either in printed or E-book form.

 Diana Abu-Jaber : Official Web site : Crescent

Members and prospective members are welcome! Bring a book club friend with you and cncourage her or him to join our chapter, too.